The Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful monuments in the entire world, and India’s top landmark. Despite the fact it’s visited by over 10,000 people on a daily basis, there’s still a lot the average person doesn’t know about this architectural wonder.
Love Comes First
Taj Mahal is one of the world’s most imposing structures built in the name of love. Emperor Shah Jahan commissioned it to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
According to one of the myths surrounding the construction of Taj Mahal, artists and architects involved were put to death so they would never build another structure that matches its beauty, but there’s no evidence supporting these claims.
It took two decades to finish building this complex in its entirety, and the cost of its construction has been estimated at $1 billion.
Elephants Never Forget
Artists, architects, builders and laborers weren’t the only ones involved in the creation of India’s top landmarks. Over 1,000 elephants transported heavy materials and supplies to the site.
If you’re a tourist planning a visit to Taj Mahal on a Friday, don’t waste your time, since the complex is only open for prayers at the mosque.